Seed paper being planted in soil

Seed Paper Planting Instructions

Are you ready to plant seed paper but aren’t sure how? Below is everything you need to know to get the best results from Botanical PaperWorks seed paper. It’s incredibly easy, even if you’re not a green thumb!

Step-by-step motion graphic showing seed paper being planted in soil

How to plant seed paper

  1. Place your seed paper on soil that is slightly compressed, but not too hard-packed.
  2. Add 1/8 inch of soil on top of the paper and give it a good drink of water.
  3. Make sure it’s always moist and in a sunny spot.
  4. Wait for sprouts — you should see them within 7-10 days!

When’s the best time to plant seed paper?

Calendar with plants around it

Spring is the best time to plant if you live in an area where the ground does not freeze. However, fall is ideal if you live in a climate where the ground stays frozen for several months. Botanical PaperWorks seed paper can be planted indoors year-round in a pot of soil near a window that gets plenty of sunlight.

How long does seed paper take to grow?

If you plant your seed paper according to the instructions, you should see sprouts within 7-10 days. The plants will grow and mature at different rates depending on the surrounding conditions but typically you will see wildflowers blooming within 8-12 weeks.

What seed types are in seed paper?

Image showing all the different seed types for Botanical PaperWorks seed paper.

Botanical PaperWorks has a couple of standard options for seed paper blends including the wildflower seed blend (with 6 species of wildflowers) and the tri-herb blend (with basil, oregano, and parsley.) Other types of seeds are available for large-quantity business and promotions orders. Learn more about the different seed type options available in Botanical PaperWorks here.

NOTE: Only the classic wildflower seed blend is available for orders shipping outside of Canada at this time.

How much care does seed paper need?

Here are some quick care tips for different seed paper types:


  • Water: Once a week
  • Temperature: 55°F
  • Sunlight: 6-8 hrs daily


  • Water: Every 2-3 days
  • Temperature: 65°F
  • Sunlight: 4 hrs daily


  • Water: Once a week
  • Temperature: 55°F
  • Sunlight: 6 hrs daily

What if the seed paper isn’t growing?

All of our plantable paper is embedded with tested and approved seeds. The key, as in any instance of growing flowers from seeds, is to provide your plantable paper with plenty of light, water, and attention. Although we perform rigorous tests on all our seeds and paper, plants can sometimes just be finicky things, and will not always grow the way we want them to. Keep in mind that seeds will act differently in varying environments, soil types, and climates.

Seed photos of Seed Paper Growing from our customers!

More seed paper planting and care resources:

Learn more about this special paper made by Botanical PaperWorks that uses post-consumer materials and is embedded with seeds so that it will grow when planted!

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3 Responses to “Seed Paper Planting Instructions”

  1. I received seed paper at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. What seeds does it contain? The contents are not on the paper packaging, nor The Nature Conservancy site, nor this site – the makers of the paper. Growing Paper is cute but gardeners need to know what is in them to know where to site them so they can get enough light and water, will not compete with the wrong plants and hamper either’s growth, can be recognized and distinguished from weedswhen they are seedlings, etc. Will you PLEASE state obviously and clearly WHAT SEEDS ARE ON THE PAPER?

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